Education and Expanded Learning
A skilled and educated workforce is increasingly vital to a community’s economic vitality. Even when city officials do not play a direct role in governing their school systems, there are numerous ways in which they can exercise leadership to support public schools, expand alternatives for students who struggle in traditional educational settings, increase high school graduation rates, and promote college access and completion.
This new education playbook presents a host of practical, tested strategies that municipal leaders can adapt and use to drive local progress.
12 cities will have an opportunity to be part of a cohort that NLC will work with intensely to build and scale innovative ideas in implementing equitable pathways to postsecondary and workforce success. The efforts of these cities will be documented and shared out nationally enabling other cities to explore sustainable solutions for their own local communities and economies.
Twenty cities were selected by Lumina Foundation as the first partners in an initiative to dramatically increase the number of local residents with postsecondary credentials. As part of this collaborative effort, NLC is proud to be one of a network of thought leaders chosen by the foundation to connect participating cities with significant technical and planning assistance, data tools and flexible funding.
CLIP will also help communities understand, document, and build on their success; explore and understand how and to what extent communitywide partnerships are part of their success; inform each site's future efforts; and inform the Foundation's future investments in this field.